Kamehachi Chicago Old Town

★★★☆☆
  • 1531 N Wells St A2

    Chicago, IL 60610

    Cross street: Burton Pl & North Ave

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  • 312-664-3663

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Kamehachi offers consistently great food. The sushi is dee-lish, the tempura is just...YUMMY, the salmon teriyaki is super flavorful, and the vibe is on point. While there are other Japanese restaurants in the city with more daring or trendier menus and just OK food, Kamehachi never fails to impress.

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★★★★☆

Kamehachi offers consistently great food. The sushi is dee-lish, the tempura is just...YUMMY, the salmon teriyaki is super flavorful, and the vibe is on point. While there are other Japanese restaurants in the city with more daring or trendier menus and just OK food, Kamehachi never fails to impress.

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Located in Old Town, Kamehachi is a great place to get specialty maki rolls. I would definitely try to get seated upstairs if possible. The atmosphere is quite personable and romantic with beautiful wooden decor. If you are in a hurry and just want to grab a bite to eat, then you can sit downstairs at the sushi bar. I would highly recommend Kamehachi. You won't be disappointed!

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★★★★☆

Located in Old Town, Kamehachi is a great place to get specialty maki rolls. I would definitely try to get seated upstairs if possible. The atmosphere is quite personable and romantic with beautiful wooden decor. If you are in a hurry and just want to grab a bite to eat, then you can sit downstairs at the sushi bar. I would highly recommend Kamehachi. You won't be disappointed!

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It was nice to have a private room--that much we loved for our large group. The terrible part was how hot the place was! Even with the fan on.
We ordered the "boat sampler"---don't do this!!! There was so much leftover it was terrible that the waitress even had the nerve to ask if we wanted to order two boats! We told her 5 people were sharing this boat and she wasn't sure there'd be enough. Please! This boat will serve 20 people! Plus, I have to be a food snob, it's not the best sushi by any means. Try something else insteadl.

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★★☆☆☆

It was nice to have a private room--that much we loved for our large group. The terrible part was how hot the place was! Even with the fan on.
We ordered the "boat sampler"---don't do this!!! There was so much leftover it was terrible that the waitress even had the nerve to ask if we wanted to order two boats! We told her 5 people were sharing this boat and she wasn't sure there'd be enough. Please! This boat will serve 20 people! Plus, I have to be a food snob, it's not the best sushi by any means. Try something else insteadl.

Pros: private dining

Cons: staffs lack of knowlege, hot rooms, didn't feel "clean' interior

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Kamehachi has something for both the uber-trendy and the old-fashioned. Their menu ranges from inventive sushi, if you're feeling all fancy, to traditional dishes like tonkastu, soba, and udon, if you're in a homier mood.

For the location and the quality, Kamehachi's prices are actually quite reasonable. It's not McDonald's, folks--it's a nice Japanese restaurant in a major American city. While it's easy to drop quite a bit of bank here, the Maki-Mono menu has lots of rolls, many of them from $3.95 to $6.95 for six rolls. So, you can actually get quite a bit of sushi for very little money if you stick with maki.

I've had great servers here. I recommend going for a table in the upstairs lounge, which is open late, even on weeknights.

NOTE: It's standard restaurant practice, from the Golden Nugget to Kamehachi, to charge an automatic gratuity of 15-18% for parties of a certain size, and it's always printed on the bill. This is so servers don't work their asses off on a large party only to get stiffed at the end of the night. I only mention this because there seems to be some confusion in an earlier review.

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★★★★★

Kamehachi has something for both the uber-trendy and the old-fashioned. Their menu ranges from inventive sushi, if you're feeling all fancy, to traditional dishes like tonkastu, soba, and udon, if you're in a homier mood.

For the location and the quality, Kamehachi's prices are actually quite reasonable. It's not McDonald's, folks--it's a nice Japanese restaurant in a major American city. While it's easy to drop quite a bit of bank here, the Maki-Mono menu has lots of rolls, many of them from $3.95 to $6.95 for six rolls. So, you can actually get quite a bit of sushi for very little money if you stick with maki.

I've had great servers here. I recommend going for a table in the upstairs lounge, which is open late, even on weeknights.

NOTE: It's standard restaurant practice, from the Golden Nugget to Kamehachi, to charge an automatic gratuity of 15-18% for parties of a certain size, and it's always printed on the bill. This is so servers don't work their asses off on a large party only to get stiffed at the end of the night. I only mention this because there seems to be some confusion in an earlier review.

Pros: Oishii desu yo! (Delicious!)

Cons: Parking can be tricky.

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A romantic atmosphere, decent service and great food. Great sushi and I hear it has great cocktails as well. If you want to go on a friday or saturday night you may need a reservation.

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★★★★☆

A romantic atmosphere, decent service and great food. Great sushi and I hear it has great cocktails as well. If you want to go on a friday or saturday night you may need a reservation.

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They give themselves tips at your expense so watch out! We're never going there again.

The risk isn't worth taking either since their food quality is below mediocre anyways.

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★☆☆☆☆

They give themselves tips at your expense so watch out! We're never going there again.

The risk isn't worth taking either since their food quality is below mediocre anyways.

Pros: NONE

Cons: They'll steal money from you!

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My boyfriend and I are huge fans of takeout sushi and have tried most of the places around lincoln park. We decided to try Kamahachi for the first time becasue it was 10:30pm on a Thursday and nothing else was open. We spent 20 minutes attempting to make an online order, only for it to tell us the online system was not functioning after we had submitted it. So we finally just called and ordered $50 in sushi, which should have been more than enough food. (Our average bill at other sushi restaurants is around $30 for takeout). However, after waiting over an hour for our food (even though we live a mile away and you wouldn't think a restaurant would be super busy at 10:30) the portion sizes were so small that we were both starving after devouring every little portion of our food.

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★☆☆☆☆

My boyfriend and I are huge fans of takeout sushi and have tried most of the places around lincoln park. We decided to try Kamahachi for the first time becasue it was 10:30pm on a Thursday and nothing else was open. We spent 20 minutes attempting to make an online order, only for it to tell us the online system was not functioning after we had submitted it. So we finally just called and ordered $50 in sushi, which should have been more than enough food. (Our average bill at other sushi restaurants is around $30 for takeout). However, after waiting over an hour for our food (even though we live a mile away and you wouldn't think a restaurant would be super busy at 10:30) the portion sizes were so small that we were both starving after devouring every little portion of our food.

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I like Kamehachi in Old town better than other locations. Sushi is good, but I wouldn't rate it one of the best in Chicago. Old town location has a hip lounge that's located in upper level. It's open late on weekends. Service is better at the Old town location than the one in downtown.

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★★★★☆

I like Kamehachi in Old town better than other locations. Sushi is good, but I wouldn't rate it one of the best in Chicago. Old town location has a hip lounge that's located in upper level. It's open late on weekends. Service is better at the Old town location than the one in downtown.

Pros: Lounge is hip and trendy. Quality of sushi is consistent.

Cons: Service can be slow at times. Fewer selections compared to other popular sushi restaurants in Chicago.

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Kamehachi has fantastic food, especially their selection of maki. Their delivery service is fast. Highly recommended if you're in the mood for sushi.

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★★★★★

Kamehachi has fantastic food, especially their selection of maki. Their delivery service is fast. Highly recommended if you're in the mood for sushi.

Pros: Great food

Cons: Price

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Good edaname and teryaki. The boy waiters seem more attentive.

1
★★★☆☆

Good edaname and teryaki. The boy waiters seem more attentive.

Pros: Patio, Service, Upstairs

Cons: Parking, Prices, Entryway

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The last time I stayed in Chicago I gave this place a try and was very happy I did! Service was friendly and the atmosphere of the room was very inviting. And the Sushi & Sashimi combo entree cannot be beat! I look forward to going back.

2
★★★★★

The last time I stayed in Chicago I gave this place a try and was very happy I did! Service was friendly and the atmosphere of the room was very inviting. And the Sushi & Sashimi combo entree cannot be beat! I look forward to going back.

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This place is pretty aweful. The sushi is very low quality, the delivery service is plain terrible. I'd highly recommend going to some place you've never heard of then trying this place that's rumored to be great and in reality rides on nothing but reputation.

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★☆☆☆☆

This place is pretty aweful. The sushi is very low quality, the delivery service is plain terrible. I'd highly recommend going to some place you've never heard of then trying this place that's rumored to be great and in reality rides on nothing but reputation.

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i would not come here again. place smells of fish when you walk in. not sure about the quality of the sushi.

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★☆☆☆☆

i would not come here again. place smells of fish when you walk in. not sure about the quality of the sushi.

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Ok, Chicago has lots of great restaurants. We try a few ones here and there, but we end up going back to our 2-3 regular spots. Kamehachi is definitely one of them. We have a high comfort level going to place where people greet you by name, say hello and make you feel good. Oh yeah, the food is reasonable priced compared to other hot spots.

2
★★★★★

Ok, Chicago has lots of great restaurants. We try a few ones here and there, but we end up going back to our 2-3 regular spots. Kamehachi is definitely one of them. We have a high comfort level going to place where people greet you by name, say hello and make you feel good. Oh yeah, the food is reasonable priced compared to other hot spots.

Pros: Great Feel, Good Food, Nice Wine Selection

Cons: Needs bigger space

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We ate at the Streeterville location. The sushi, appetizers and teriyaki steak were outstanding. However, we had the worst service imaginable. The waitress was pleasant when present and the kitchen was the slowest of any restaurant I've been to in a long time.

2
★★★★☆

We ate at the Streeterville location. The sushi, appetizers and teriyaki steak were outstanding. However, we had the worst service imaginable. The waitress was pleasant when present and the kitchen was the slowest of any restaurant I've been to in a long time.

Pros: location, food, valet

Cons: , service, service

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This restaurant has it all! bad food,crappy service,un-informed waitstaff. I've had better sushi from the local grocery store. Avoid at all cost. I wish I did!

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★☆☆☆☆

This restaurant has it all! bad food,crappy service,un-informed waitstaff. I've had better sushi from the local grocery store. Avoid at all cost. I wish I did!

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I've eaten at most sushi places in the Chicago area, as well as many in Asia and other parts of the world. Kamehachi is OK sushi, but not great. The rice is not high quality sushi rice, the cuts of fish are not always the best, and the fish to rice ratio is heavy on the rice (i.e., not good "Tokyo style" sushi). The ambience and service are fine, however. The best sushi in the Chicago region is by far Sakuma's in Streamwood.

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★★★☆☆

I've eaten at most sushi places in the Chicago area, as well as many in Asia and other parts of the world. Kamehachi is OK sushi, but not great. The rice is not high quality sushi rice, the cuts of fish are not always the best, and the fish to rice ratio is heavy on the rice (i.e., not good "Tokyo style" sushi). The ambience and service are fine, however. The best sushi in the Chicago region is by far Sakuma's in Streamwood.

Pros: ambience, service, fresh

Cons: Poor sushi rice, skimpy fish

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The only thing you will be happy with at this "sushi" restaurant is the ambiance. This was once a pretty good place to get sushi, but that was years ago. The pieces are now thin, tasteless, overpriced & unnervingly past their prime. We'll be frank: the sushi isn't worth the price. It isn't worth half the price. But you can have fun with it...place one across the bottom line of your bill - you can actually read the hideously inflated prices through the razor-thin nigiri! Seriously, go a quarter mile north on Clark to Green Tea (Webster & Clark). The ambiance isn't as hip, but the sushi is sublime.

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★☆☆☆☆

The only thing you will be happy with at this "sushi" restaurant is the ambiance. This was once a pretty good place to get sushi, but that was years ago. The pieces are now thin, tasteless, overpriced & unnervingly past their prime. We'll be frank: the sushi isn't worth the price. It isn't worth half the price. But you can have fun with it...place one across the bottom line of your bill - you can actually read the hideously inflated prices through the razor-thin nigiri! Seriously, go a quarter mile north on Clark to Green Tea (Webster & Clark). The ambiance isn't as hip, but the sushi is sublime.

Pros: Open late, ambiance

Cons: bad food, high prices, indifferent service

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It's difficult to find good sushi in Chicago for the main reason that we are inland, at least 2000 miles from any ocean. Kamehachi, however, produced very fresh sushi, and my favorite, unagi (saltwater eel), was delectable. However, there is a lot more to Japanese cuisine than Sushi. My order of shrimp tempura with Udon noodles was pretty horrible, and I ordered sushi afterwards only to counteract the slimy feeling in my mouth. What's funny is that it's usually the other way around with Chicago sushi restaurants: you order something less "adventurous" in order to get the taste of raw fish out of your mouth. All in all, there was too much emphasis on the "trendiness" of sushi and a lack of Japanese authenticity. Then again, I haven't been to a single Japanese restaurant in Chicago actually run by Japanese. I wonder if that has anything to do with it...

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★★★★☆

It's difficult to find good sushi in Chicago for the main reason that we are inland, at least 2000 miles from any ocean. Kamehachi, however, produced very fresh sushi, and my favorite, unagi (saltwater eel), was delectable. However, there is a lot more to Japanese cuisine than Sushi. My order of shrimp tempura with Udon noodles was pretty horrible, and I ordered sushi afterwards only to counteract the slimy feeling in my mouth. What's funny is that it's usually the other way around with Chicago sushi restaurants: you order something less "adventurous" in order to get the taste of raw fish out of your mouth. All in all, there was too much emphasis on the "trendiness" of sushi and a lack of Japanese authenticity. Then again, I haven't been to a single Japanese restaurant in Chicago actually run by Japanese. I wonder if that has anything to do with it...

Pros: Fresh Sushi, Decent Service

Cons: Funky-tasting entreès, Bizzare-tasting tea

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This is probably the best sushi in the city for the price. There is a wide selection and they have some odd specials like the shots. It's hard to park so take a cab. The atmosphere is loud sometimes but there are quiet corners if you as for them. It's good for a date or for a group of people.

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★★★★☆

This is probably the best sushi in the city for the price. There is a wide selection and they have some odd specials like the shots. It's hard to park so take a cab. The atmosphere is loud sometimes but there are quiet corners if you as for them. It's good for a date or for a group of people.

Pros: Inexpensive, Wide Variety, Interesting specials

Cons: No Parking

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If you can get past the insane parking on a weekend night, and the often standing room only wait, check this place out. The fish has always been very fresh and the rolls offer some cool twists. The thing I like about Kamehachi is they dont' skimp on the cuts. When you order the Rainbow roll you get more than you can get into your mouth gracefully *lol* The tempura crunchies they add to some of the rolls make for interesting texture (in a good way) and the avocado on the Dragon Roll is always fresh and generous. A little pricey- but you expect that with sushi. The seaweed salad is good here for an appetizer. Make reservations, immediate seating is a pipe dream on a Fri/Sat night without one. Enjoy!

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★★★★★

If you can get past the insane parking on a weekend night, and the often standing room only wait, check this place out. The fish has always been very fresh and the rolls offer some cool twists. The thing I like about Kamehachi is they dont' skimp on the cuts. When you order the Rainbow roll you get more than you can get into your mouth gracefully *lol* The tempura crunchies they add to some of the rolls make for interesting texture (in a good way) and the avocado on the Dragon Roll is always fresh and generous. A little pricey- but you expect that with sushi. The seaweed salad is good here for an appetizer. Make reservations, immediate seating is a pipe dream on a Fri/Sat night without one. Enjoy!

Pros: Big Portions, Fresh Fish

Cons: Parking, Long Waits

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at best, average food. wouldn't go back or recommend to anyone. came very highly recommended from family members who used to frequent the restaurant about 3 years ago.

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★★★☆☆

at best, average food. wouldn't go back or recommend to anyone. came very highly recommended from family members who used to frequent the restaurant about 3 years ago.

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After hearing and reading several glowing reviews, I decided to take my boyfriend here for his birthday dinner. I will gladly pay for good sushi and atmosphere, but we were sadly disappointed in that the food was mediocre. Then the bill came and then I REALLY regretted taking him here. We'll never go back; there's plenty of better sushi places in the city--both in quality and price.

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★☆☆☆☆

After hearing and reading several glowing reviews, I decided to take my boyfriend here for his birthday dinner. I will gladly pay for good sushi and atmosphere, but we were sadly disappointed in that the food was mediocre. Then the bill came and then I REALLY regretted taking him here. We'll never go back; there's plenty of better sushi places in the city--both in quality and price.

Cons: Quality, Price, Parking

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I visited Kamehachi last week, and was pleased to enjoy wonderfully fresh fish (the sake especially was delicious and the tai was beautiful) and other high quality ingredients. Unfortunately, the presentation was awful. My sashimi plate was portioned generously, but consisted of sad little wads of fish in a nest of wet daikon. The maki were carelessly made, and the rice/ filling ratio leaned too heavily towards the rice. Decor was very nice, and service good though.

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★★★★☆

I visited Kamehachi last week, and was pleased to enjoy wonderfully fresh fish (the sake especially was delicious and the tai was beautiful) and other high quality ingredients. Unfortunately, the presentation was awful. My sashimi plate was portioned generously, but consisted of sad little wads of fish in a nest of wet daikon. The maki were carelessly made, and the rice/ filling ratio leaned too heavily towards the rice. Decor was very nice, and service good though.

Pros: Good atmosphere, Fresh fish, Good ingredients

Cons: Poor presentation

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My wife loved the food. She is Asian. The Raw fish is her thing. We sat on the patio, it was a nice evening. Saw a show and had some Sushi, what a night.

2
★★★★★

My wife loved the food. She is Asian. The Raw fish is her thing. We sat on the patio, it was a nice evening. Saw a show and had some Sushi, what a night.

Pros: raw, fish, salmon

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Kamehachi has the freshest sushi in the city. It is conveniently located in Old Town and is welcoming all year round. Along with superb service, delivery is available as well.

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★★★★★

Kamehachi has the freshest sushi in the city. It is conveniently located in Old Town and is welcoming all year round. Along with superb service, delivery is available as well.

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That was terrible food I've never had in my life. I'll never ever go back again. Not only sushi but also kitchen food was really unfresh. Even so, there was a great bartender who makes goody stuff. They need more effort for him and nice ambience.

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★☆☆☆☆

That was terrible food I've never had in my life. I'll never ever go back again. Not only sushi but also kitchen food was really unfresh. Even so, there was a great bartender who makes goody stuff. They need more effort for him and nice ambience.

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I've heard so much hype about this place, I finally went and was appalled. Sushi was warm, which should not be, and didn't taste great. Food was very bland, needed a lot of wasabi and soy sauce to remind me that i was actually eating food. I think what draws people in is the atmosphere and location.
I'll stick with the better places from this survey.

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★☆☆☆☆

I've heard so much hype about this place, I finally went and was appalled. Sushi was warm, which should not be, and didn't taste great. Food was very bland, needed a lot of wasabi and soy sauce to remind me that i was actually eating food. I think what draws people in is the atmosphere and location.
I'll stick with the better places from this survey.

Pros: none

Cons: bland food, small menu selection, warm sushi, not good!

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Greate place. Suits to what ever your mood is. Patio, Main/Bar or Contemporary. Open late is a plus. Great servings for the right price.

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★★★★★

Greate place. Suits to what ever your mood is. Patio, Main/Bar or Contemporary. Open late is a plus. Great servings for the right price.

Pros: Inexpensive, Ambiance, Has a bar

Cons: Must call ahead

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The sushi was unimaginative and pedestrian. To sit at the sushi bar and tell the waitress to tell the chef to nuts and she ask if you want a California roll, you've got to be kidding. By far the worst "good sushi" place in the city.

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★★☆☆☆

The sushi was unimaginative and pedestrian. To sit at the sushi bar and tell the waitress to tell the chef to nuts and she ask if you want a California roll, you've got to be kidding. By far the worst "good sushi" place in the city.

Cons: expensive, dull, over rated

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We were excited about moving into the neighborhood and having Kamehachi within walking distance. We've given it several tries but have always been disappointed. Fish was so-so in freshness and presentation was nil. We've stopped going and instead cab it over to another much better place.

1
★★☆☆☆

We were excited about moving into the neighborhood and having Kamehachi within walking distance. We've given it several tries but have always been disappointed. Fish was so-so in freshness and presentation was nil. We've stopped going and instead cab it over to another much better place.

Cons: Slow Service

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Food was great, everything from sushi to entrees. Waitstaff was very friendly; the only problem was that everything seemed to be served at once. Literally everything we ordered was on the table within a span of 2 minutes. (And it wasn't a busy night or anything like that). However, all things considered, I'd go back again.

2
★★★★★

Food was great, everything from sushi to entrees. Waitstaff was very friendly; the only problem was that everything seemed to be served at once. Literally everything we ordered was on the table within a span of 2 minutes. (And it wasn't a busy night or anything like that). However, all things considered, I'd go back again.

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Not the best sushi in town, and not the cheapest sushi in town, but haven't found a better place yet for quality food at a reasonable price. Sushi has always been great (try the oyster shooter) and atmosphere is very pleasant. My vote for favorite sushi place in the city.

2
★★★★★

Not the best sushi in town, and not the cheapest sushi in town, but haven't found a better place yet for quality food at a reasonable price. Sushi has always been great (try the oyster shooter) and atmosphere is very pleasant. My vote for favorite sushi place in the city.

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Kamehachi has 3 different types of dining areas to suite your mood and the food is always fresh. I've been there many time, ordered take out and never been disappointed. It's busy for a reason!

2
★★★★★

Kamehachi has 3 different types of dining areas to suite your mood and the food is always fresh. I've been there many time, ordered take out and never been disappointed. It's busy for a reason!

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This is the place that taught Chicago how to eat sushi. Their Wells location is the site of many great memories. It amazes me how well they handle large numbers of people in such a tight space. The fish is always fresh, and the atmosphere is fun. A guaranteed good time.

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★★★★★

This is the place that taught Chicago how to eat sushi. Their Wells location is the site of many great memories. It amazes me how well they handle large numbers of people in such a tight space. The fish is always fresh, and the atmosphere is fun. A guaranteed good time.

Pros: fresh fish, atmosphere

Cons: parking, crowds

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They have opened up a new location off of Michigan Ave. and it is great.
The restaurant is beautiful, and the food is great!
Since they were new the staff was a little over zelous but I would prefer it that way than non attentive.

2
★★★★★

They have opened up a new location off of Michigan Ave. and it is great.
The restaurant is beautiful, and the food is great!
Since they were new the staff was a little over zelous but I would prefer it that way than non attentive.

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This low-lit, sushi-lover's paradise specializes in ultra-fresh fish, plus an oyster shooter served with a quail egg. But there are enough landlubbing faves, too, like chicken katsu, gyoza, sukiyaki and tempura, to keep less adventurous…

 

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